Rabbi Yitzchak taught that “A ruler is not to be appointed unless the community is consulted.”

— Babylonian Talmud Berachot 55a

Montgomery County needs leaders who will represent all of us, and who are accountable to the whole community. That’s why we vote, and why we take seriously Rabbi Yitzchak’s teaching that community input is essential for choosing who will lead our county.

And it’s why the JUFJ Campaign Fund was founded ten years ago — to help elect leaders who will fight for our Jewish values, to advocate for issues that matter to the whole Montgomery County community, and to hold our representatives to the commitments they make.

2024 Board of Education Primary Election

Local elections matter. Here in Montgomery County, local primary elections matter even more.

This May’s Primary Election is when we vote for Board of Education candidates supported by educators, or by far right groups like “Moms for Liberty.”

There are three Board of Education races on your ballot in this primary, and you can vote in all three of them. The top two candidates in each race will go on to the general election in November, and each race has two qualified candidates who should advance, and at least one who should not lead our public school system.

The JUFJ Campaign Fund has not issued our own endorsements this cycle, but Montgomery County Educators Association and SEIU Local 500, our union partners who represent educators and other staff who work in Montgomery County Public Schools, have endorsed candidates. When you vote, choose an educator-endorsed candidate who supports safety and belonging for ALL students, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. 

Vote for Union Endorsed Candidates

  • At Large: Lynne Harris (SEIU Local 500-endorsed) | Rita Montoya (MCEA-endorsed)
  • District 2: Rebecca Smondrowski (SEIU Local 500-endorsed) | Natalie Zimmerman (MCEA-endorsed)
  • District 4: Shebra Evans (SEIU Local 500-endorsed) | Laura Stewart (MCEA-endorsed)

The remaining candidates have agendas that will exclude LGBTQ+ students and/or undermine school safety — or there is simply too little public information available about them to trust them to run our schools.

It’s time to vote your values and speak out for a school system that cherishes and includes all students, no matter what their identity.

For additional information, including links to candidate websites and questionnaires, click on the resources link below.

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2022 Montgomery County Endorsement Team

Thank you to all the Campaign Fund Board Members, Montgomery County volunteers, and staff who contributed to the endorsement process, giving generously of their time and insights. Thank you also to our many partners who consulted with us throughout the process.

Debbie Amster
Robert Barkin
Linda Bergofsky
Riley Blaugrund
Karen Caplan
Nikki Cole
Michael English
David S. Fishback
Joseph Gelula
Rafi Glazer
Sherry Glazer
Jesse Glickstein
Melissa Goemann
Mara Greengrass

Lisa Hack
Bill Halpern
Steven Harvey
Brigid Howe
Deedee Jacobsohn
Stephanie Joseph
Jerry Kickenson
Anita Lampel
Robert Landau
Phyllis Lerner
Anna Levy
Laura Loeb
Michelle Mazurek
Jeff Reiser

Heidi Rhodes
Jeff Rubin
Amy Sanders
Jo Shifrin
Devorah Stavisky
Carol Stern
Bruce Turnbull
Laura Wallace
Naomi Weiss
Shelley Winkler
Mark Wolff
Eli Wykell
Fran Zamore

This message has been authorized and paid for by the JUFJ Campaign Fund, PO Box 41485, Washington, DC 20018. Seth Johnson, President. This message has not been authorized or approved by any candidate.